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Benefits beyond cardiometabolic health: the potential of frequent high intensity ‘exercise snacks’ to improve outcomes for those living with and beyond cancer
  High intensity interval training (HIIT) has been shown to consistently elicit rapid and significant adaptations in a number of physiological systems, across many different healthy and clinical populations. In addition, there is increasing interest in how some acute, yet transient responses to high intensity exercise potentially reduce the risks of particular diseases. Recent work has shown that discrete, brief bouts of high intensity exercise (termed ‘exercise snacks’) can improve glucose control and vascular health and thus counter the negative cardiometabolic consequences of prolonged, uninterrupted periods of inactivity. In this brief review, we advance the case, using evidence available from pre‐clinical studies in the exercise oncology literature, that brief, frequently completed bouts of high intensity exercise embedded within an individual's overall daily and weekly physical activity schedule, may transiently impact the tumour microenvironment and improve the health outcomes for those who have been diagnosed and treated for cancer. image

  • Type:

    Review

  • Date:

    21 September 2023

  • Publication Status:

    Published

  • DOI:

    10.1113/jp284985

  • ISSN:

    0022-3751

  • Funders:

    Edinburgh Napier Funded

Citation

Jenkins, D. G., Devin, J. L., Weston, K. L., Jenkins, J. G., & Skinner, T. L. (2023). Benefits beyond cardiometabolic health: the potential of frequent high intensity ‘exercise snacks’ to improve outcomes for those living with and beyond cancer. The Journal of Physiology, 601(21), 4691-4697. https://doi.org/10.1113/jp284985

Keywords

exercise intensity, HIIT, myokines

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